Group members gathered Downtown final month for the dedication of the Arlington World Struggle II Memorial.
The bronze and granite memorial, devoted by the Metropolis of Arlington and the Arlington Historic Society, is situated within the Metropolis Heart Plaza between Metropolis Corridor and the George W. Hawkes Downtown Library.
One monument lists the names of fifty Arlington males who misplaced their lives on battlefields throughout Europe, North Africa, Asia and the Pacific Islands between 1941 and 1945. One other monument outlines the contributions of greater than 5,000 college students, alumni and college members of North Texas Agricultural Faculty, now the College of Texas at Arlington, who answered the nation’s name to arms through the battle.
“We are able to by no means repay what these 50 younger males did for his or her nation – for us,” mentioned Arlington resident Clete McAlister, who served as emcee in Saturday’s dedication. “As Ronald Reagan mentioned, ‘all we are able to do is bear in mind.’ The essential position of NTAC (UTA) through the battle additionally have to be remembered.”
Arlington Historic Society member Wanda Marshall and former resident Richard Aghamalian, together with different group members, have been working steadfastly since a minimum of 2005 to make the general public memorial a actuality. The 2 new monuments, created by Worthington Monuments, encompass artist Paul Tadlock’s statue of Col. Neel Kearby, the one World Struggle II Medal of Honor recipient from Arlington.
“It’s my hope that monuments akin to these be a relentless reminder of the toll a battle inflicts on humanity,” mentioned Geraldine Mills, Arlington Historic Society govt director.
The memorial was paid partially by a $16,500 grant from the Metropolis’s Historic Preservation Fund. Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams issued a proclamation on the occasion, saying the monuments “characterize an extended overdue and heartfelt tribute to our World Struggle II technology and their priceless present of freedom.”
Arlington metropolis limits within the Forties didn’t prolong a lot past the intersection of Major and Heart streets, which was the middle of public life and the place of essential public gatherings, McAlister mentioned.
That, he added, makes Metropolis Heart Plaza a becoming alternative for the general public memorial. The plaza is in sight of the Metropolis’s former prepare station depot, the place the place most of Arlington’s males left for battle and the place the place both they – or their our bodies – returned residence.
“For greater than 60 years, nobody apart from the households and associates of those younger males knew of their huge sacrifice for our nation – for us,” McAlister mentioned. “These bodily objects remind us that their lives, though shortened, had been essential and ought to be remembered.”